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RACKHAM, Philip Director Home Sales, A.C.V., Ltd., since 1957. b: May 5, 1900, Edmonton. Ethic: Latymer School, Edmonton. Served apprenticeship with Heenan and Froud, Worcester, after which a short time was spent in the Jig and Tool Drawing Office of Straker-Squire, Edmonton; before joining A.E.C. early in 1929 was with Four Wheel Drive Lorry Co., Slough, for seven years; prior to the absorption of that company by A.E.C., Ltd., joined the A.E.C. sales organization with London and Home Counties as his territory; Second World War: in addition to normal activities, was engaged on liaison work between the company and the Ministry of Supply in connection with contracts for the supply of A.E.C. wartime production; after the war promoted to Manager of the North London, Home and Eastern Counties Division; appointed Sales Manager, South Eastern Region, 1951; Home Sales Manager, 1953. Clubs: R.A.C. and Refectory. Add: A.C.V. Sales, Ltd., A.E.C. Works, Southall, Middx. T: Southall 2424; and Vine Cottage, Northaw, Nr. Potters Bar, Ilerts. T: Potters Bar 4371.
RANGER, Edward Frederick Joint Managing Director, The British Anzani Engineering Co., Ltd., .1959. b: April 19, 1903. Educ: Ardingley College, Sussex. London Manager, A. J. Stevens and Co. (1914), Ltd., 1927-30; London Manager, The Singer Motor Co., Ltd., 1930-34; London Sales Manager, Hudson Motors, Ltd., 1934-38; Managing Director, E. F. Ranger (Ferring), Ltd., 1938-59. Served as Capt., R.A.S.C., in Second World War. Recrea tions: yachting and golf. Clubs: Royal London Yacht, Royal Solent Yacht, Island Sailing. Add: The British Anzani Engineering Co., Ltd., Windmill Road, Hampton Hill, Middx. T: Molsey 2690; and " Fridays," Leigh Place, Cobham, Surrey. T: Cobham 2773.
RANKIN, Ernest William Advertising Manager and Public Relations Officer, Jaguar Cars, Ltd., since 1934. b: May 20, 1898, London. Educ: Beverley School, Barnes, and Putney School of Art; served during First World War in B.E.F., France, Flanders, etc.; demobilized 1920, with rank of Lieut., Middlesex Regiment; first connected with the Industry in 1924 when he joined General Motors, Ltd., as advertising representative; Second World War: served in France, Belgium, Western Desert and Italy; demobilized with rank of Major, R.A.O.C. Founder and Council Member, Coventry Publicity Association. Recreation: motor sport. Club: The Steering Wheel. Add: Jaguar Cars, Ltd., Coventry, Warwickshire. T: Coventry 62677; and Old Post House, Helidon, nr. Daventry, Northants. T: Byfield 390.
RASTALL, William Sales Manager, Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd., since 1958. b: September 11, 1906, Birmingham. Educ: Chance's Technical College, Smethwick, following elementary school. Workshop training at Morris Commercial Cars, later becoming Sales and Service Arca Representative; after Second World War fulfilled overseas assignments for associate company, Nuffield Exports, Ltd., Cowley; returned to Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd., as Metropolitan Sajes and Service Representative, becoming Deputy-Sales Manager, 1957; Sales Manager, 1958. Add: Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd., Adderley Park, Birmingham, 8; and 27 Dyott Road, Moseley, Birmingham.
RAYMENT, Alan John Chairman, since 1943, and Managing Director, since 1947, The Car Mart Group of Companies. b: June 15, 1892, London. Educ: Sidcup College. Served First World War, 1914-18; com missioned 1916; mentioned in dispatches; joined The Car Mart, Ltd., 1919. Club: Beaconsfield Golf. Add: The Car Mart, Ltd., 320 Euston Road, London, N.W.1. T: Euston 1212; and Totteridge House. Totteridge, nr. High Wycombe, Bucks. T: Penn 3123.
RAYNER, Herbert Chief Chassis Designer, Morris, Wolseley, Riley and M.G., since 1952. b: April 8, 1898, Nottingham. Educ: King Edward VI Grammar School, Grantham; studied at Lincoln Technical School. Served apprenticeship with Ruston and Hornsby, Ltd., Grantham; joined R.A.F., 1918 as a Cadet; trained as pilot; worked in Drawing Office of Ruston and Hornsby, 1919-29, joining Morris Motors, Ltd., in the latter year; between 1939 and 1945 was in charge of Technical Section, No. 1 Civilian Repair Unit, RA.F.; re-joined design staff, Morris Motors, at end of 1945; became Assistant Chief Draughtsman, then in 1949, Chief Draughtsman. Recreations: garden ing, tennis. Add: 114 Old Road, Headington, Oxford. T: 62484.
READ, John Emms A.C.A. Executive Assistant to General Sales Manager, Car and Truck Domestic Division, Ford Motor Co., Ltd., since June, 1958. b: March 29, 1918, Brighton, Sussex. Educ: Brighton Hove Sussex Grammar School; articled to Friend, James, Sinclair and Yarnell, Chartered Accountants, 1935-39; Secretary to Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Admiralty, 1943-45; Naval Secretary to Head of British Admiralty Technical Mission, Ottawa, Canada, 1945-46; Internal Auditor, Ford Motor Co., Ltd., 1950-52; Assistant to Director of Finance and Administration, 1952-53; Production Staff-Manager (Parts), 1953-54; Manager, Parts Division, 1954-58. Recreations: tennis, music. Add: Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Dagenham, Essex. T: Dominion 3000; and Merrow Down, 38 Tycehurst Hill, Loughton, Essex. T: Loughton 4643.
REDFEARN, William Edward Allen Director, English Steel Corporation, Ltd., English Steel Rolling Mills Corporation, Ltd., Industrial Steels, Ltd., Industrial Tools (Canada), Ltd., Forgings House, Ltd.; Deputy Managing Director, English Steel Forge and Engineering Corpn., Ltd. b: January 19, 190l, Chapel Allerton. Educ: Sheffield University; joined Vickers, Ltd., in a junior capacity in 1915; During Second World War a Member of Lord Beaverbrook's Aircraft Steel Drop Forging Committee, and also of the Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Supply on Drop Forgings; Chairman of the Heavy Steel Castings Association, 1944-9; Past President of the Sheffield Trades Commercial Society; President, National Association of Drop Forgers and Stampers, 1950-1; Chairman, the Alloy Steels Association; Chairman, the Forging Ingot Makers Association; member of the Council of the British Iron and Steel Federation; Deputy Chairman, Alloy and Stainless Steel Conference. Recreation: gardening. Add: English Steel Corporation, Ltd., Sheffield, 9. T: Sheffield 41071; and Tapton Lodge 28 Tapton House Road, Sheffield, 10. T: 63382.
REECE, Stanley Blake Managing Director, J. Blake and Co., Ltd. (Motor Engineers), since 1928. b: August 10, 1898, Liverpool. Educ: Eton. Was born on the residential premises of J. Blake and Company— then a small coach-building concern; the company dealt in horse-drawn vehicles but changed to motor vehicles and in 1906 obtained a contract from the G.P.O. to run mail services in Lancashire and the Potteries; Wolseley agency 1908; Ford Agency 1910; flew with R.F.C. during First World War; shot down and taken prisoner, France, 1918; as a result of accident has been crippled since 1932, but still takes an interest in motoring as a passenger; President of the Royal Air Force Association, Central Branch, Liverpool. Recreations: philately, studying history. Add: J. Blake and Co.. Ltd., 110 Bold Street, Liverpool, 1. T: Royal 6622; and 51 Salisbury Road, Liver pool, 19. T: Garston 1085.
REEVE, Harry Clayton Director and Secretary, Reeve (Coachbuilders), Ltd. b: September 27, 1932. Educ: Marlborough College. Joined Reeve and Kenning, Ltd., January, 1951, remaining until January, 1954; joined Dennis Bros., Ltd., Guildford, as pupil; returned to Reeve and Kenning, Ltd. (subsequently Reeve (Coach builders), Ltd.), May, 1955: appointed to present position, March, 1956. Recreations: golf, tennis, squash racquets. Add: Reeve (Coachbuilders), Ltd., Bridge Street, Pilsley, nr. Chesterfield. Derbyshire. T: Tibshelf 292-3-4; and Malham, 657 Brookside, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. T: Chesterfield 6264.
REEVE, John Marsden Chairman and Managing Director, Reeve (Coach builders), Ltd. b: Pilsley. Educ: Clay Cross Grammar School. Entered the Industry immediately after leaving school. to become an apprentice; became Partner in the firm of H. Reeve and Son and later Reeve and Kenning, Ltd. (subsequently Reeve (Coach builders), Ltd. Recreation: golf (Past Captain, Chesterfield Golf Club). Club: Chesterfield Rotary (Past President). Add: Reeve (Coachbuilders), Ltd., Bridge Street, Pilsley, nr. Chesterfield, Derby shire. T: Tibshelf 292-3-4; and Malham, 657 Brookside, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. T: Chester field 6264.
REEVES, William Charles Andrew Director and General Manager, Thomson and Taylor (Brooklands), Ltd. since 1954. b: October 6, 1893, Redhill, Surrey. Educ: Tiffins School, Kingston-on-Thames. Served overseas Mechanical Transport R.A .S.C., 1914-19; Property Superintendent, Slough Trading Estate, 1919-24; Sales Manager, Warwick Wright Ltd., W.1, 1924-34; Quality Engineer and Assistant General Manager, Sunbeam Talbot, Ltd., 1934-46; Home Guard, 1940 44; Engineering Liaison, Rootes Group Factories, 1946-51; Engineering " Trouble Shooter," Rootes Group Factories, 1951-54. Recreations: writing, organizing and implementing the re-equipment of a destitute Greek School and a Greek village adopted by an Army organization of which he is a Vice-President. Add: Thomson and Taylor (Brooklands), Ltd., Oyster Lane, Canada Road, Byfleet, Surrey. T: Byfleet 520; cnd Brook Cottage, Southfield Place, Weybridge, Surrey. T: Weybridge 3319.
REID, William Cecil Director, Albion Motors, Ltd., since 1950. b: July 29, 1889, Crookston, nr. Glasgow. Educ: Glasgow Academy. Started with Company, 1919. Recreation: golf. Club: R.S.A.C. Add: Albion Motors, Ltd., Scotstoun, Glasgow, W.4. T: Scotstoun 1261; and 14 Ralston Road, Bearsden, Glasgow.
RENOLD, Sir Charles Garonne Kt. cr. 1948, M.E., J.P. Chairman, Renold Chains, Ltd. b: October 29, 1883, Altrincham, Cheshire. Educ: Abbotsholme School; Cornell University, U.S.A. Joined Hans Renold Ltd., 1905; Works Director, Hans Renold Ltd., 1916-19; Managing Director and Deputy Chairman, Renold and Coventry Chain Co., Ltd., 1930-44; resigned Managing Directorship in 1944 and became Chairman of Renold and Coventry Chain Co., Ltd. (name of company changed to Renold Chains Ltd.—August, 1954); Chairman of Council British Institute of Management, 1946-51; Vice-President, British Institute of Management, 1951-56; Director, Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Member of Court and Council Manchester University; Member of Court and Deputy Chairman of Council Manchester College of Science and Technology. Recreations: gardening, fishing. Clubs: Reform; Manchester Engineers' Club. Add: Renold Chains, Ltd., Renold House, Wythenshawe, Manchester. T: Gatley 5221; and Woodheys, Mersey Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire. T: Heaton Moor 1948.
REYNOLDS, Anthony Arthur A.M.I.Mech.E. Director, Reynolds Tube Co., Ltd., since 1944. b: February 24, 1913, Birmingham. Educ: Beaudescrt Park, Minchinhampton; Oundle School; Birmingham Central Technical College. Apprentice, Austin Motor Co., Ltd., 1930; Assistant to Welding Engineer, 1934; joined Reynolds Tube Co., Ltd., as Assistant to Works Engineer, 1935; started new department for tubular welding of aircraft structures, 1937; built this up to war-time basis from .939; Personal Assistant to Joint Managing Director, 1943; elected to Board of Company responsible for Production and Development, 1944. Recreation: sailing. Clubs: Barnt Green Sailing club, Island Sailing Club. Add: Reynolds Tube Ltd., Hay Hall Works, Tyseley, Birmingham, 11. T: Acocks Green 3333; and 45 St. Agnes Road, Moseley, Birmingham, 13. T: South 2018.
REYNOLDS-DAVIES, Richard William O.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.Chem.E., F.S.S., F.Inst.F. Secretary and Registrar, The Institute of Fuel, since 1946. b: April 28, 1901, Ystradyfodwg, S. Wales. Educ: Porth Intermediate School and University College, Cardiff. Served articled apprenticeship with a company in Lord Rhondda's Cambrian Combine, receiving technical education at the Soutb Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines; 10 years' experience of South Wales coal, coke, and by-products; after three years with Submerged Combustion, Ltd., Westminster, on development, worked under Dr. W. R. Ormandy on research, preliminary to the marketing of Cleveland Discol motor spirit; became Plant Manager in organic solvent production at British Industrial Solvent, Ltd., Hull, for 10 years; in 1942 became Development Manager, R.O.F., Bridgend, responsible largely for fuses and pyrotechnics, including Pathfinder Force Stores; Deputy Secretary of Institute of Fuel, 1945. Married. Recreations: motoring, economic and monetary affairs. Add: The Institute of Fuel, 18 Devonshire Street, London, W.1. T: Langham 7123.
RICARDO, Sir Harry Ralph Kt. cr. 1948, LL.D., F.R.S. Chairman and Joint Technical Director, Ricardo and Co., Engineers (1927), Ltd. b: January 26, 1885. Educ: Rugby School; Trinity College, Cambridge. Joined staff of Rendel Palmer and Tritton as Mechanical Engineer, dealing with locos., steam plant and Diesel engines, 1906-15; appointed Consulting Engineer to Air Ministry after serving in similar capacity to Mechanical Warfare Dept.; engaged on Research in connection with high-speed internal combustion engines; President I.Mech.E., 1944-45; has written several books and technical papers on I.C. engines, etc. Recreations: sailing, gardening. Club: Athenaum. Add: Ricardo and Co., Engineers (1927), Ltd., Bridge Works, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. T: Shoreham-by-Sea 2231; and Woodside, Graffham, Petworth, Sussex. T: Graffham 205.
RICHARDS, John Douglas Chairman and Managing Director, The Zenith Carburetter Co., Ltd.; Managing Director, Solex, Ltd., Stanmore Engineering Co., Ltd.: Director, Solex (Gauges), Ltd., Bendix-Tecnico (Automotive) Pty., Ltd. b: September 28, 1922, London. Educ: Marlborough. Recreation: trout fishing. Club: Fly fishers. Add: Group Office, 235 Marylebone Road, London, N.W.1.
RICHARDSON, Alan Joseph Macdonald Chairman, H.C.B. Engineering Ltd., Totton, Southampton. Chairman of Southern. Apparatus Co. b: November 8, 1894, Northallerton. Educ: Shrewsbury and Jesus College, Cambridge. A Founder Director of F. Perkins, Ltd., Peterborough, in 1932; Deputy-Chairman until 1956; Member of the S.M.M.T. Council, 1955. Recreations: hunting, shooting, fishing. Club: Cavalry. Add: c/o H.C.B. Engineering, Ltd., Totton, Southampton. T: Totton 3141; and Southrop Manor, Nr. Lechlade, Glos. T: Southrop 229.
RICHARDSON, Cecil George Herbert C.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.Mech.E. Director, Clayton Dewandre Co., Ltd. b: 1892, Bexhill-on-Sea. Educ: Rawlins School, Quorn and Royal College of Science, Kensington. Joined staff of Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth and Co., Manchester; was Designer and Chief Engineer at Supermarine Aviation Works, Southampton, until 1918; in 1929 became Works Manager, Ransome and Mules, later becoming Managing Director. Recreation: golf. Add: Clayton Dewandre Co., Ltd., Titanic Works, Lincoln. T: Lincoln 11305; and The Old Rectory, Thorpe, Newark-on-Trent, Notts.
RICHARDSON, Rees Joseph Managing Director, R. J. Richardson and Sons, Ltd., Birmingham, since 1947. b: April 23, 1907. Educ: Solihull Grammar School. Served apprenticeships with General Electric Co., Ltd., and Tilghmans, Ltd. Joined R. J. Richardson and Sons, Ltd., in 1926; appointed Director, 1930. During the Second World War held commissioned rank in Royal Navy and was engaged in minesweeping and convoy work. Is also a Director of Rowland Priest, Ltd., Shot blasting (Midlands), Ltd., R.H.S. Fittings and Equipment, Ltd., member of the Institute of Directors. Recreations: yachting, shooting, photography. Clubs: R.N.V.R., Royal Naval Sailing Association, Brixham Yacht. Add: R. J. Richardson and Sons, Ltd., Commercial Street, Birmingham, 1. T: Midland 2281; and 158 Viceroy Close, Bristol Road, Birmingham, 5. T: Calthorpe 1781. .
RICHMOND, 9th Duke of (cr. 1675), and GORDON, 4th Duke of (cr. 1876), Frederick Charles Gordon-Lennox b: February 5, 1904, London. Educ: Eton; Christ Church, Oxford. Served apprenticeship with Bentley Motors, Ltd., 1924; founded Kevill-Davies and March, Ltd.; served R.A.F. in Second World War; Director, Goodwood Estate Co., Ltd., British Wagon Co., Ltd., Goodwood Road Racing Co., Ltd., Harry Ferguson Research, Ltd.; steward of the R.A.C.; president of the B.A.R.C.; president of the Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund; County Councillor, West Sussex. Clubs: Bath, B.A.R.C., B.R.D.C. Add: Goodwood, Chichester, Sussex. T: Lavant 12.
RICKARDS, Philip Charles Chairman, Philip Rickards, Ltd. b: November 20, 1899, London. Recreation: golf. Clubs: R.A.C., Stoke Poges Golf Club, Wentworth, Richmond. Add: 4 Brick Street, Park Lane, London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 4772; and White Lodge, Lion Green, Haslemere, Surrey. T: Haslemere 837.
RIDDIHOUGH, Norman General Publicity Manager, The Lockheed Organization, since 1945. b: 1905, Yorkshire. Educ: Henry VIII School, Coventry; became a pupil to Advertising Agency in 1922; Advertising Manager to Singer Motors, Ltd., 1934-9; served as Captain, R.A.S.C. (Motor Boats) 1939-45; Editor of the magazine Precision. Recreations: painting, trout fishing. Add: The Lockheed Organization, Leamington Spa. T: Leamington Spa 2700 and Gaveston Road, Leamington Spa. T: 2980.
RIDGE, Ronald John M.I.A.M.A. Publicity Manager, Guy Motors, Ltd., since 1955. b: April 24, 1924, Wolverhampton. Educ: Wolverhampton. Engineering apprentice with Boulton Paul Aircraft, Ltd., 1939-45; Commercial Artist with the same Company, 1945-47; Commercial Artist Administrator with an Advertising Agency, 1947-50; Advertising Manager, John A. Smith, Ltd. (Eng. Design Consultants), 1950-55; Publicity Manager, The Coseley Engineering Co., Ltd., 1957-58. Add: Guy Motors, Ltd., Fallings Park, Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhampton 31241; and " Beverley," Coalway Gardens, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton, Staffs.
RIGBY, Mortimer Hulme B.Sc.(Eng.), A.M.I.Mech.E. Assistant Chief Designer, Rolls-Royce Car Division. b: August 17, 1918, Malvern Wells. Educ: Clifton College and Birmingham University; spent six months as an apprentice at B.T.H., Rugby; became engineering pupil, Rolls-Royce Experimental Dept., Motor Car Division in 1939; joined Rolls-Royce Tank Division Experimental Dept., in 1941 and in 1943 carried out Desert Trials of Cromwell Tank for M. of S. in Middle East; in 1944 joined R.E.M.E. and became attached to I.E.M.E. in Far East, Commands including two Refrigeration Repair Sections, and an Independent Indian Workshop Section; demobilized with the rank of Captain; re-joined Rolls-Royce, Motor Car Division as Body Development Engineer in 1947; became Body Engineer with Park Ward, Ltd., in 1951; Assistant Production Engineer, Rolls-Royce Car Division, 1953-58; took up present appointment in 1958. Married, Vernie Anne (née Sharp), one son, one daughter. Recreations: golf, tennis, music and photography. Add: Rolls-Royce Car Division, Pym's Lane, Crewe, Cheshire. T: Crewe 55155; and The Cottage, Audlem Road, Nantwich, Cheshire.
RILEY, Arthur Croome Sales Manager, Bell Precision Engineering Co., Ltd.. since 1958. '1: October 19, 1890, Brighton. Educ: Brighton College; Birmingham University. Pupil Daimler Motor Co., Ltd., 1909-11; farming in Canada, 1911-14; A.S.C., started as W.O., finished as a Major, 1914-18; Dept. Manager, Slough Trading Co., 1919-23; Sales Manager, G. D. Peters Co., Ltd., 1923-35; Sales Manager, Brush Electric Co., Ltd., Loughborough, 1935-36; Sales Manager, Cellon Ltd., 1936-March 1958. Recreation: golf. Club: R.A.C. Add: Bell Precision Engineering Co., Ltd., Victoria Works, Crawley, Sussex. T: Crawley 2557; and 15 Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks. T: Amersham 2258.
RILEY, Edward Navy Cross (U.S.A.), Chevalier, Order of Crown, Commander Order of Leopold II; French Legion of Honour. General Manager, General Motors Overseas Operations Division, General Motors Corporation, from 1941 and Vice-President, General Motors Corporation from 1942; retired July 1, 1959. b: June 30, 1894, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Educ: Dartmouth College (U.S.A.). Served in the United -States Navy, 1917-19; joined General Motor Corporation, 1923.
RIPPON, Col. Reginald T. D., J.P. Chairman and Managing Director, Rippon Bros., Ltd., Huddersfield. b: July 15, 1889, Huddersfield. Educ: Giggles wick. Is a member of Council of Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers (President, 1933-34-35); Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers; Freeman of the City (Elected to the Court, 1948); Honley member of Holmfirth U.D.C. since 1940; Vice-Chairman of grouped body of Governors of County Secondary Schools, Agbrigg Division, Vicar's Warden, Almondbury Parish Church; Member of Board of Management of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and other Hospitals until Nationalization; Fellow of the Institute of British Carriage and Auto mobile Manufacturers and representative of the Institute on the Council of the National Federation of Vehicle Trades; enlisted in 5th Battn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 1908; served in five theatres of war, 1914-18; command of Battn., 1928 32, and command of 26th Battn. (Huddersfield) Home Guard, 1940-44. Clubs: R.A.C., R.S.A.C. Recreations: walking, shooting and golf. Add: Rippon Bros., Ltd., Huddersfield. T: Huddersfield 7070 (10 lines); and Honley House, Honley, nr. Huddersfield. T: Honley 96.
RITCHIE, George Pelham Director, F. Perkins, Ltd., since 1958. b: June 3, 1907, London. Educ: Wellington College and Christ Church, Oxford. Director, Marston, Thompson and Evershed, Ltd., Brewers, and subsidiary companies, 1936-45; joined Baring Brothers and Co., Merchant Bankers, 1947; Direc tor, Bertram Mills Circus, Ltd., 1947; member of R.A.C. Committee since 1949; commissioned in Auxiliary Air Force, June, 1939; served in Royal Air Force (Squadron Leader) throughout Second World War; Deputy-Secretary, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia, 1944-45. Recrea tions: golf, shooting. Clubs: Brooks's, R.A.C. (Present Vice-Chairman). Add: 8 Bishopsgate, London, E.C.2. T: London Wall 2830; and 1 Capener's Close, Kinnerton Street, London, S.W.1. T: Sloane 1015.
ROBBINS, Brian G. M.Sc.(Eng.), F.C.G.I., M.I.Mech.E. Secretary, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. b: May 1, 1900. Educ: Christ's Hospital where he first studied engineering, gaining a Clothworkers' Scholarship to the City and Guilds (Engineering) College, S. Kensington. There he took a mechanical engineering degree after serving for a short period in R.E. at end of First World War; awarded Unwin Scholarship for research work and Diploma of the Imperial College; four-and-a-half years at Vauxhall Motors, Ltd. (workshop training and planning-office experience) returning to College for a period of research and teaching; later joined I.A.E. as Assistant Secretary; appointed Secretary, 1934; was in A.O.E.R. prior to war, and was absorbed into War Office on outbreak of hostilities; engaged on recruitment of Officers for R.A.S.C. until transferred to the Directorate of Military Training (M.T.5); in 1942 posted to Western Command H.Q. where he co-ordinated and developed the facilities for trade training and testing throughout the Command, and afterwards in Northern Ireland; in 1945 released from R.E.M.E. with rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. As a result of the amalgamation between I.Mech.E., and the former Inst. of Automobile Engineers, he became a member of the I.Mech.E. staff in 1947, as an Assistant Secretary succeeding Sir Henry Guy as Secretary in 1951; a graduate of the institution in 1919, an Associate Member in 1927, and 1member in 1941. Clubs: R.A.C. and St. Stephen's. Add: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, St. James's Park, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 7476-9; and 2c Portman Mansions, Chiltern St., London, W.1.
ROBERTSON, Alan Murray B.A.(Cantab.). Managing Director, National Benzole Co., Ltd., since 1958. b: 1914, Dukinfield, Cheshire. Educ: Malvern College; Pembroke College, Cambridge. Joined the Anglo Iranian Oil Co., Ltd. (now British Petroleum Co., Ltd.), in 1937; attached to Paris office until 1939; served in H.M. Forces, 1939-46; with British Petroleum company's head office, overseas territories, 1946-49; seconded to B.P. France as an assistant general manager, 1949-53; returned to B.P. head office in 1953 as area manager for Germany, Switzerland and Austria; joined Shell Mex and B.P., 1954; General Manager, Scottish Oils and Shell-Mex, 1955-57; General Manager, National Benzole Co., Ltd., 1957. Clubs: R.A.C. and Conservative, Glasgow. Add: National Benzole Co., Ltd., Mercury House, 195 Knights bridge, London, S.W.7. T: Kensington 4511; and 6 Burghley Road, Wimbledon Common, London, S.W.19. T: Wimbledon 0608.
ROBERTSON, Andrew F.R.S., D.Sc. President, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1945-46. Educ: Manchester University; D.Sc. and Fairbairn Prize; demonstrator in Engineering, Manchester University; major (Tech.) R.A.F., Prof. of Mech. Engineering, Bristol University, 1919-46; president Section G. British Association, 1950; principal of Bristol Merchant Venturers' Technical College, 1914-49; has published a number of technical papers mostly about engineering. Add: 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 7476; and 15 Cranleigh Gardens, Bristol, 9.
ROBERTSON, John Firman C.A. Director, Self-Changing Gears, Ltd., Coventry. h: June 26, 1904. Educ: Oban High School. With Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co.. in Glasgow, 1923-28, and in London, 1928-38; joined the Hawker-Siddeley Group, Ltd., 1938. Add: Taynuilt, 9 Stanley Avenue, Beckenham, Kent. T: Becken ham 0886.
ROBERTSON, John Hutcheson Managing Director, James Robertson (Factors), Ltd.. since 1957. b: May 5, 1922, Glasgow. Educ: Glasgow High School, Clyde College, Gresham House. Joined father in family business September, 1939; served in the Navy, 1941-46 attaining rank of Lieutenant, R.N.V.R.; appointed Director on formation of private Limited Company, January, 1951; appointed Managing Director on death of father, James Robertson, M.B.E., J.P., 1957. Recreations: golf, ski-ing, fishing. Clubs: R.S.A.C.; R.N.V.R. (Scot land). Add: 95 West Nile Street, Glasgow, C.1. T: Douglas 6611; and Walden, Patterton, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire. T: Giffnock 1728.
ROBERTSON, Robert Engineering Director, Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., since 1952. b: April 1, 1900, Kirkmuirhill, Scotland. Educ: Larkhall Academy; Hamilton Academy; Stow College, Glasgow (Gold Medallist). Served apprenticeship to coach and motor body building, 1915-19; engaged on engineering design for quantity production in America, 1926-31; engineer and chief engineer with Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., Cowley, from 1931; member, Society of Automobile Engineers, Institute of Production Engineers and Institution of Body Engineers (Past President). Recreation: golf. Add: Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., Cowley, Oxford. T: Oxford 77701; anal Struan, Frilford Heath, Nr. Abingdon, Berks. T: Frilford Heath 226.
ROBINSON, James Eustace M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Mar.E. Chief Engineer, Hepworth and Grandage. Ltd.. since April, 1958. b: March 17. 1917, Basingstoke. Educ: Oakham Central School, Loughborough College. Junior draughtsman at Blackstone's; design of i.c. engines, 1938-40; design engineer, Brush Electrical Co., Ltd., Loughborough, 1940-49; chief designer, Petters, Ltd., responsible to chief engineer for design and development of all company's products, 1949-52; Technical Director, Henry Meadows, Ltd., 1952-58. Recreation: motor caravanning. Add: Hepworth and Grandage. Ltd., St. Johns Works, Bradford, Yorks. T: Bradford 29595; and " Staunford," Clifton Road, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, Yorks. T: Ilkley 1022.
ROBINSON, Ward Eric Arthur General Secretary, National Federation of Vehicle Trades; Secretary, Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers; Secretary, Institution of Body Engineers; Secretary, United Kingdom Joint Wages Board of Employers for the Vehicle Building Industry. b: September 18, 1913, London. Educ: St. Malo College, Brittany, France. Began commercial career with National Benzoic Co. before the Second World War and subsequently joined the London Association for the Protection of Trade; first connected with the Industry in 1939 with Park Royal Vehicles, Ltd., London; joined N.F.V.T. and I.B.C.A.M. as assistant; took up present positions in 1950. Recreations: photography, most forms of sport. Clubs: R.A.C., Eccentric. Add: 50 Pall Mall, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 8378; and 42 Michleham Down, Woodside Park, London, N.12. T: Hillside 9053.
ROBOTHAM, William Arthur Director, Rolls-Royce, Ltd., and General Manager, Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Oil Engine Division. Managing Director, Sentinel (Shrewsbury), Ltd. b: November 26, 1899, Derby. Educ: Repton School, from whence went directly into the Army, just completing training and obtaining commission by end of First World War; became a Premium Apprentice at Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Derby in 1919; afterwards entered the Experimental Dept., and became head of the Chassis Experimental Dept., 1930; at the request of Lord Beaverbrook, was loaned by the Company to the M.o.S. to become Chief Engineer of Tank Design from 1941-3; during this period the Cromwell Tank was evolved; served for a short time on the Tank Board, visiting America in 1942 as Member of the Tank Mission; in 1945 was appointed Chief Engineer of the Motor Car Division, joining the Rolls-Royce Board in 1949; made General Manager of the newly created Oil Engine Division in 1950; joined Board of Sentinel (Shrewsbury), Ltd., as Managing Director. 1957. Club: The Travellers. Recreations: shoot ing, farming, fishing, tennis and photography; married, 1946, Jeanne (née Ekins); two sons and one daughter. Add: Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Oil Engine Division, Sentinel Works, Shrewsbury, Salop. T: Shrewsbury 2011.
ROBSON, Stephen Smith M.I.T.A. Managing Director, Hann and Newby, Ltd., since 1944. b: December 11, 1911, South Shields. Educ: Newcastle Royal Grammar School. Assistant Secretary, Hann and Newby, Ltd., 1933; Director, 1937; served on Area Committee of Northern Road Transport Owners' Association until 1935; served on Area Committee of A.R.O. and on National Council of A.R.O., and became National Chairman of Ancillary Section of A.R.O.; later, became Chairman of Traders' Road Transport Association, of which he is now National Vice-Chairman; Member of the National Council, Member of the National Executive Committee, and Member of the National Finance Committee of the Traders' Road Transport Association; is also a Director of: Northumberland and Durham and Yorkshire Finance Corpn., Ltd.; Northern Electrical Rewinds, Ltd.; Sun Building Society, and South Shields A.F.C., Ltd. Recreations: golf, Association football. Club: R.A.C. Add: 7 Charlotte Terrace, South Shields. T: South Shields 2150; and The Grove, Underhill Road, Cleadon, near Sunderland. T: Boldon 7549.
ROCKE, Harry William Managing Director, Mobil Oil Co., Ltd., since 1946. b: August 19, 1901. London. Educ: City of London School. With Price, Waterhouse and Co., Chartered Accountants, 1918-33; in October, 1933, joined Mobil Oil Co., Ltd. (then Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd.), as Assistant Accountant; Chief Accountant, 1936; Chief Accountant and Secretary, 1938: Direc tor, 1941. Club: American Club. Add: Mobil Oil Co., Ltd., Caxton House East, Tothill Street, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 1010; and Ranworth, Cross way, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. T: Walton-on Thames 1345.
RODWAY, John A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Engineer, Newton and Bennett, Ltd. b: December 10, 1905, Bournville, Warwick. Educ: New Mills County Secondary School, Derby shire; Higher Nat. Cert., Maths., Physics. First connected with the industry in 1929 as Design Draughtsman, Lockheed Hydr. Brake Co., Ltd.; became Chief Draughtsman and also Assistant Chief Engineer with Clayton Dewandre Co., Ltd., before taking up present position in October, 1949; also Chief Engineer to Power Jacks, Ltd., manufacturers of light Hydraulic Equipment. Recreation: model engineering. Add: Newton and Bennett, Ltd., Valetta Road, Acton, London, W.3. T: Shepherd's Bush 3443; and 54 North View, Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex.
ROESCH, Georges Henry M.I.Mech.E., M.S.I.A., M.S.A.E. Chief Engineer, Industrial Gas Turbines, Ministry of Supply. b: April 15, 1891, Geneva, Switzerland. Educ: Geneva College. In 1909, joined Automobiles Gregoire and later Delaunay-Belleville; became a designer to Renault in 1911, and to the Daimler Co., Ltd., in 1914; was chief engineer to Clement Talbot, Ltd., 1916-39, where in 1917 he designed a 600-h.p. aircraft engine with its cooling system and all accessories, forming a complete detachable power plant; was also responsible for the design of private and commercial vehicles, including the 1,060-c.c. 10-23-h.p. Talbot, the 14-45-h.p. model and the Talbot 90 which, with 10 : 1 compression ratio, won the Le Mans index of performance race in 1930; this was followed by the " 105," which won an Alpine Cup in 1932 and 1934, and the type 110, which lapped Brooklands at 129.7 m.p.h.; author of " Post War Automobile Design," I.A.E. Proc., October, 1942; joined Power-Jets (R. and D.), Ltd., during the Second World War and became chief mechanical engineer to the National Gas Turbine Establishment. Widower. Recreation: mountaineering. Add: Industrial Gas Turbines, Ministry of Supply, St. Giles Court, London, W.C.2. T: Museum 3644; and 53 Woodlands, London, N.W.11. T: Speedwell 4737.
ROLT, Anthony Peter Roylance, Major (Retired) M.C. and Bar. Technical Director, Harry Ferguson Research, Ltd., since 1950. b: October 16, 1918. Bordon, Hants. Educ: Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Regular officer in the Rifle Brigade, 1938-49; Tech nical Director, Harry Ferguson Research, Ltd., April 1, 1950. Recreations: motor race driving, shooting. ski-ing. Clubs: The Rifle Brigade Club, The Greenjackets Club, B.R.D.C., B.A.R.C. Add: Harry Ferguson Research, Ltd., Toll Bar End, Coventry. T: Toll Bar 3333; and Lavender House, Stratford-on-Avon. T: Stratford 2822.
ROMER, Arnold John M.I.Mech.E., M.Inst.Transport. Director, Associated Commercial Vehicles, Ltd. b: London. Pupil with John I. Thornycroft and Co., Ltd., 1920-24; assistant engineer with Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co., Ltd., 1924-28; Works Manager with United Automobile Services, Ltd., 1928-36; Director and General Manager, Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co.' Ltd., 1936-50; Managing Director, A.E.C., Ltd., 1950-56; from 1956 to the present time has been a Director of Associated Commercial Vehicles, Ltd.; A.C.V. (Sales), Ltd.; and British United Traction, Ltd. Add: Associated Commercial Vehicles, Ltd., 49 Berkeley Square, London, W.1. T: Hyde Park 2141.
RONAYNE, Michael 0.B.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.I.B.A.E. Chief Engineer, The Ford Motor Co., Ltd., since 1953. b: February 9, 1905, Cork, Ireland. Educ: Christian Brothers Schools; North Monastery Technical School; Sharman Crawford Technical School. Joined Henry Ford and Son, Ltd., Cork, Ireland, 1920; transferred to Dagenham Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Engineering, 1932; appointed head of tractor engineering, 1948; chief engineer, tractors and implements, 1952. Recreation: golf. Add: The Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Dagenham, Essex. T: Dominion 4522; and Leeside, 57 Water Lane, Ilford, Essex. T: Seven Kings 2083.
ROOTES, Arthur Desmond Sales Manager, Humber, Hillman and Sunbeam. b: October 5, 1913, Hawkhurst. Educ: Cranbrook School. Engaged in the production of advertising for cars and other products with Basil Butler Co., Ltd., 1932-37; after studying photo-engraving, lithography, block-making, etc., at Bolt Court School in Fleet Street, Advertising Manager, Clement-Talbot, Ltd., 1937; served 1939-46 in H.M.Forces; in 1946 became Sales Promotion Manager, Rootes Group, Manufacturing Division; appointed Sales Manager, Humber, Hillman, in 1949, and Sales Manager, Car Companies, Rootes Group in 1957. Add: Rootes Motors, Ltd., Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry. T: 62031 and Borrowell, Kenilworth. T: 140.
ROOTES, The Hon. Brian Gordon Managing Director, Rootes, Ltd. b: October 1, 1919, Aylesford, Kent. Educ: Harrow. After leaving school in 1937 joined the Rootes Group and was sent to the Argentine, Uruguay and Brazil to gain first-hand knowledge of selling conditions abroad; in 1938 returned to England and became a pupil with Sunbeam-Talbot, Ltd.; served during Second World War as Major in 12th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps, and was attached to the Fighting Vehicles, Proving Establishment, Ministry of Supply; on demobilization rejoined the Rootes Group and went to America to organize a new sales drive and form Rootes Motors Inc. of New York; was appointed Director, Western Hemisphere, and on returning to England in 1953 joined the Group's Export Division; is Managing Director, Rootes, Ltd.. and a Director of Rootes Motors, Ltd.. and Associated Companies. Recreations: ski-ing, hunting, shooting. Club: Cavalry. Bucks. Add: Rootes, Ltd., Devonshire House. Piccadilly, London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 3401; and Flaunden House, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, Hens. T: Bovingdon 3246.
ROOTES, Sir Reginald Claud Kt. cr. 1946. Deputy-Chairman, Rootes Motors, Ltd.; Managing Director, Humber. Ltd., and associated companies. b: October 20, 1896, Goudhurst. Educ: Cran brook School. Started career as Civil Servant in the Admiralty; entered the Motor Industry when he joined Rootes, Ltd.; subsequently became Managing Director (now Deputy-Chairman) of many of the concerns within the Rootes Group; President, S.M.M.T., 1945-46; Deputy President, 1946-50: President, M.I.R.A., 1952-53; Vice-President of the Engineering and Allied Employers National Federation. Club: R.A.C. Add: Rootes Motors, Ltd., Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.1; and Polla House, Hothfield, Near Ashford, Kent.
ROOTES, Timothy David Director of Sales and Service, Manufacturing Companies of Humber, Ltd., since 1956. b: May 26, 1925, Maidstone. Educ: Harrow. Served apprenticeship with Humber, Ltd., Coventry, 1942-44; Military Service, 1944-47; joined Rootes Securities as assistant to general manager at Canterbury, 1947; in 1950, appointed Director of Humber, Ltd.; Hillman Motor Car Co., Ltd.; Sunbeam-Talbot, Ltd.; British Light Steel Pressings, Ltd.; Thrupp and Maberly, Ltd.; Sunbeam Motors, Ltd., and Commer Cars, Ltd.; appointed General Manager of Rootes, Ltd., Birmingham, in 1953 and, in 1954, appointed Director of Rootes, Ltd., and Subsidiary Companies; joined Commer Cars, Ltd., as executive assistant to managing director, 1955; was transferred to Humber, Ltd., as Director i/c Sales and Service, Manufacturing Com panies. Recreations: hunting, ski-ing. Club: Travellers, London. Add: Humber, Ltd., Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry. T: Coventry 62031; and The Barn House, Alkerton, Near Banbury, Oxon. I': Edgehill 378.
ROOTES, 1st Baron, cr. 1959, of Ramsbury: The Rt. Hon. William Edward G.B.E. (cr. 1955), K.B.E. (cr. 1942). Chairman, Rootes Motors, Ltd.; Rootes, Ltd.; Director, Humber, Ltd., Hillman Motor Car Co., Ltd.. Sunbeam-Talbot, Ltd., Singer Motors, Ltd., Commer Cars, Ltd., Karrier Motors, Ltd., Rootes Acceptances, Ltd., Tilling-Stevens, Ltd., Thrupp and Maberly, Ltd., British Light Steel Pressings, Ltd. b: August 17, 1894, Goudhurst, Kent. Educ: Cranbrook, Kent. Chairman, Dollar Exports Council; member, National Advisory Council for Motor Manufacturing Industry and Engineering Advisory Council, Board of Trade; Executive Committee, British Council; Council of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders; served as Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., 1915-17; aircraft engineering, 1917-18. Formed Rootes, Ltd., 1919; member, Board of Trade Advisory Council, 1931-34 and 1939-40; Overseas Trade Development Council, 1933-40; Board of Trade Departmental Committee on Gift Coupon Trading Stamps, 1933; delegation to British Week in Finland, 1933; Committee of Education ani Training of Students from Overseas, 1933-34; United Kingdom Trade Mission to Poland, 1934; joined Aircraft Engine Committee (Shadow Industry), 1936-41, Chairman, 1940-41; Chairman, Motor Vehicle Maintenance Advisory Committee, 1941; President, S.M.M.T., 1939-42; Chairman, Supply Council, Ministry of Supply, 1941-42. Clubs: St. James's, Buck's, Royal Automobile, Travellers'. Add: Rootes, Ltd., Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 3401; Ramsbury Manor, Ramsbury, Wilts. T: Ramsbury 200; and Glenalmond House, Perthshire. T: Glenalmond 220.
ROOTES, The Hon. William Geoffrey Deputy Chairman since 1955, Managing Director since December, 1949, Humber Ltd. b: June 14, 1917, Loose, Maidstone, Kent. Educ: Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. Joined Humber Ltd., in 1937 as trainee; served in various companies in the Rootes Group until the Second World War; served in R.A.S.C. in France, East Africa, the Western Desert, Libya, Tunisia and Italy; demobilised with rank of Major, 1946; returned to the Rootes Group; appointed Director, Humber, Ltd., 1947; is Deputy Chairman of: Humber, Ltd., Hillman Motor Car Co., Ltd.; Sunbeam-Talbot, Ltd.; Commer Cars. Ltd.; British Light Steel Pres sings, Ltd..; Karrier Motors, Ltd.; Tilling-Stevens, Ltd.; Vulcan Motors, Ltd.; Thrupp and Maberly, Ltd.; Managing Director, Singer Motors, Ltd.; Director, Rootes Motors, Ltd.; Rootes, Ltd.; Rootes Acceptances, Ltd.; Vice-President, S.M.M.T., 1956-57; Hon. Treasurer, 1957-60; member of the Management Board of The Engineering and Allied Employers' National Federation. Recreation: shooting. Clubs: Buck's; St. James's; R.A.C. Add: Humber, Ltd., Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry. T: Coventry 62031; and Ladbroke Hall, Ladbroke, near Leamington Spa. T: Southarn 340.
ROSE, Albert Leonard F.C.C.S., F.I.A.C. Company Secretary, V.W. Motors, Ltd., since 1954. b: December 10, 1907, London. Amalgamated Dental Co., Ltd., accountant, 1928-53; V.W. Motors, Ltd., accountant and company secretary, 1953-58. Recreations: gardening, photography, philately, various sports. Clubs: R.A.C., Oslo. Add: V.W. Motors, Ltd., Lord's Court, 32-36 St. John's Wood Road, London, N.W.8. T: Cunning ham 8000; and 112 Northwich Avenue, Kenton, Harrow. T: Wordsworth 9984.
ROSE, Lieut-Colonel Ernest Albert C.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.Mech.E., Knight Commander, Crown of Italy. b: February 23, 1879, Liverpool. Educ: Liver pool College, Liverpool University. Served apprenticeship with Crompton and Co., Ltd., Chelmsford, 1898-99; Official Observer Liverpool Self-Propelled Traffic Association Trials of Motor Vehicles for Heavy Traffic; Automobile Club of G.B. first 1,000 Miles Reliability Trial, 1900; Asst. Honorary Secretary, Trials of Motor Vehicles for Heavy Traffic by the Self Propelled Traffic Association of Liver pool, 1901; Secretary the Motor Car Shows at Agricultural Hall, Islington, promoted by Chas. Cordingley of the Motor Car Journal, 1901-02; Chief Engineer, The Road Carrying Co., Ltd. (the Pioneer Commercial Transport Company to operate in England), 1903-05; Sales and General Manager. The Atrol Johnston Car Co., Ltd., 1906-08; competed in 1,000-mile Reliability Trials of the Scottish Automobile Club and winner of the Scottish Cup; Member of the Council, S.M.M.T.; Sales Manager, Warwick Wright, Ltd., for Metallurgique Cars, 1909; Director of Delaunav Belleville Automo biles (England), Ltd., 1910-19; War Service, 1914-19, Deputy Chief Inspector M.T. War Office, Officer in Charge of all Store Groups, Expeditionary Forces France; Officer in Charge M.T. Depot, Expeditionary Forces Italy four mentions in dispatches; O.B.E. ; order of the Crown of Italy; Director of Lex Garages, Ltd., from its inception and subsequently Chairman until resignation from Board, 1924; appointed Honorary Colonel 2nd/7th Battalion Queens Royal Regiment, 1929; Director, Glaxo Laboratories, Ltd., 1920-47. Recreations: golf, bridge, travel (a founder of the Automobile Golfing Society). Club: Bath. Add: Old Kilu, Churt, Surrey. T: Headley Town 3252.
ROSE, Geoffrey William O.B.E., T.D., M.I.Mech.E. Deputy Managing Director, Fisher and Ludlow, Ltd.; Director, Bendix Home Appliances, Ltd., Gridway Steel Construction Co., and Cargon Transport (Great Britain), Ltd., since July, 1958. b: January 28. 1916, Wimbledon, London. Educ: King's College School, Wimbledon. Served apprenticeship in engineering with Wolseley Motors, Ltd., Birmingham, 1934-38; assistant to chief production engineer, 1939; B.E.F., France and Belgium, 1939-40; War Office, planning and liaison duties, 1941-43; joined H.Q. 21 Army Group (Lieut.-Col.) and served with 21 Army Group in France and Germany until demobilization, 1946; awarded O.B.E., 1944, and twice mentioned in dispatches; rejoined Wolseley Motors, Ltd., as production co ordinator, 1946; personal assistant to General Manager, 1948; production controller, 1949; joined Austin Motor Co., Ltd., 1954; General Works Manager, 1955-58; married, three sons. Add: Fisher and Ludlow, Ltd., Kingsbury Road, Birmingham, 24. T: Erdington 2141 (ext. 2); and 86 Silhill Hall Road, Solihull, Warwickshire. T: Solihull 2955.
ROSE, George Donald Cliff J.P. Managing Director, Central Garage, Ltd., Bradford, since 1952. b: June 25, 1908. Educ: Bradford Grammar School. Joined Central Garage, Ltd., 1928; appointed Director, 1937; served in R.E.M.E., with rank of captain, 1939-45; appointed Managing Director, Central Garage, Ltd., 1952; Bradford City Councillor, 1953; Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, 1956; appointed J.P., 1958. Add: Central Garage, Ltd., Town Hall Square, Bradford 1. T: Bradford 22271; and Hazel Bank, Daisy Hill, Bradford 9. T: Bradford 44433.
ROSE, Raymond Hugh M.I.Mech.E. Late Technical Director, Lea-Francis Cars, Ltd. b: 1886, Southampton. Educ: Taunton School, Taunton. Trained with Humber's, Coventry; became Chief Draughtsman with Sunbeam Motor Co., Ltd.; Chief Designer with Belsize Motors, Crossley Motors and Calthorpe Motors successively; joined Bean Cars, Dudley, as Technical Adviser; became Chief Engineer, Guy Motors, Chief Designer with Sunbeam Motors and later with Rileys. Add: Red Roof, 271 Penn Road, Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhampton 36721.
ROSS, Alexander Yorke Managing Director, Challands Ross and Co., Ltd., since 1957. b: August 1, 1914, Nottingham. Educ: Notting ham High School. Joined family business of Chal lands Ross and Co., Ltd., 1931; served as Sales N./ and Service Manager; Managing Director, June, 1957; commissioned in R.A.S.C. Supplementary Reserve of Officers, August, 1939; demobilized November, 1945 with rank of Major. Recreations: fishing and sailing. Club: Nottingham and Notts United Services. Add: Challands Ross and Co., Ltd., 38-40 Canal Street, Nottingham. T: Notting ham 50095-6; and 9 Patterdale Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham. T: Nottingham 268887.
ROUTLY, Ernest John M.A. (Cantab.). Director, Rootes, Ltd., since 1957; Company Secretary, Rootes Motors, Ltd., and all Merchandising Companies of the Rootes Group since 1946. b: September 4, 1914. Educ: Radley College, Gonville and Caius, Cambridge. Practised as solicitor before taking up present position in industry in 1946. Add: Rootes, Ltd., Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 3401; and Lower Woodend House, Marlow, Bucks. T: Marlow 121.
ROW, Edgar Henry Feature Editor, The Motor, since 1946. b: April 2, 1906. Educ: Queen's College, Taunton. Served apprenticeship with Austin Motor Co., 1924-28; with Austin Publicity Dept. and Austin Magazine, 1928-31; Asst. Publicity Manager, Riley (Coventry), Ltd., 1931-38; joined Temple Press Limited, 1938; served in R.A.F. during Second World War; commanded No. 2 S. and T.C., No. 2 F.T.C. and No. 51 (R.A.F.) M.T.C. in M.E., demobilized with rank of Sqn. Ldr. Recreation: shooting. Add: Temple Press Limited, Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. T: Terminus 3636; and Ramsey House, Fawley Road, London, N.W.6. T: Hampstead 5197.
ROWE, Maurice George Joint Proprietor, Rowe's Garage and Managing Director, M. G. Rowe (Motors). b: July 8, 1911, Tredinnick, St. Neot, near Liskeard. Educ: Mount School. Served apprentice ship with Taylor Motors, Liskeard, from 1928; in 1932 became proprietor of Rowe's Garage which is still under his directorship; in 1945 founded the business of Rowe's Coaches; in 1955 founded the company of M. G. Rowe (Motors), Ltd., for the manufacture of commercial and passenger vehicles known as " Rowe Hillmaster." Add: Rowe's Garage, Dobwalls, Liskeard, Cornwall. T: Dob walls 218-219; and Five Lanes, Dobwalls, Liskeard. T: Dobwalls 218.
ROWSE, David Munro Chairman and Managing Director, Dispatch Motor Co., Ltd., since 1956. b: July 29, 1922. Educ: Cranleigh. Joined Dispatch Motor Co., Ltd., 1940; served in R.A.F., 1941-46; appointed Director, Dispatch Motor Co., Ltd., March, 1950. Recreations: photography, amateur radio, scivash. Clubs: Public Schools, R.A.C. Add: Dispatch Motor Co., Ltd., 98-120 Southwark Bridge Road, London, S.E.1. T: Waterloo 4959; and Rodona, St. George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey. T: Cobham 2762.
ROY LE, Donald Carlton Home Sales Manager (Tyres), The Avon India Rubber Co., Ltd., since 1955. b: March 17, 1915. .Educ: King's School, Worcester. Joined the Avon India Rubber Co., Ltd., Melksham, as pupil in the factory, 1932; appointed foreman in the Industrial Roller Dept. (Manufacturing), 1936; assistant to Manager of Service Dept., 1937; 1939, commissioned in T.A., 4th Bn., The Wiltshire Regt.; 1939-42, served with 5th Bn., The Wiltshire Regt.; March, 1942, sent to India—attached to Indian Army; 1945, promoted Lieut.-Col. to command 17/10th Bn., The Baluch Regt.; left Army with honorary rank of Major, 1946; rejoined the Avon India Rubber Co., Ltd., on sales side, March, 1946; appointed Office Manager, Manchester Depot, October, 1946; commercial vehicle specialist, Bristol Region, 1950; Asst. Sales Manager, Western Region, 1952; Sales Manager, Original Equipment Division, 1953. Recreations: Rugby football, rowing, tennis, golf. Add: The Avon India Rubber Co., Ltd., Melksham, Wilts. T: Melksham 3101; and Lyndale, Iminster Way, Bath. T: Bath 64160.
RUBBRA, Arthur Alexander B.Sc., F.R.Ac.S., M.I.Mech.E. Technical Director, Rolls-Royce, Ltd., since October, 1958. b: October 29, 1903. Educ: Northampton Grammar School and Bristol University. Joined Rolls-Royce, Ltd., 1925, in Experimental Dept., later becoming Assistant Chief Designer (Aero Division); Chief Designer, Aero Division, 1940-44; Aero Chief Engineer, Aero Division, 1944-51; Deputy Chief Engineer, Aero Division, 1951-54; Technical Director, Aero Division, 1954-58; Technical Director to Rolls-Royce, Ltd., since 1958. Is a council member of the following organizations: Aircraft Research Association, Ltd., Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Society of British Aircraft Constructors (Technical Board and Technical Executive Committee), Ltd., City and Guilds of London Institute, Air Registration Board. Add: Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Derby. T: Derby 42424.
RUDD, Anthony Cyril B.Sc.(Eng.). Development Engineer, Owen Racing Organisation, Rubery Owen, Ltd., since 1953. b: March 8, 1923, Stony Stratford, Bucks. Educ: Wolverton County School and Derby Technical College. Served engineering apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Derby, 1938-42; Asst. Defect Investigation Engineer, Rolls-Royce, Derby, 1942-45; Power Plant Quality Dept., Rolls-Royce, Hucknall, 1945-51; served with British Racing Motors, from 1951 to acquisition by Rubery Owen, in 1953. Recreations: sailing, motor racing. Add: Rubery Owen, Ltd., Bourne, Lincs. T: Bourne 327-328; and Mill Drove, Bourne, Lincs. T: Bourne 179.
RUFFLE, Ernest Cousins M.I.Mech.E. Director of Brew Brothers, Ltd.; Toledo Woodhead Springs, Ltd., and T.A.I.P. (Engineers), Ltd. b: February 23, 1890, Tewkesbury. Educ: Bedford. Served apprenticeship with Broughot Motor Co., 1904; also with Fiat Motors (England); First World War, served as a Workshop Officer, R.A.S.C. M.T., with rank of Captain; joined Ley land Motors as technical sales representative, Southern Area; Works Manager, Kingston works, 1928-37; joined Morris-Commercial Cars as General Manager, 1937; Managing Director, 1938; served in that capacity until 1947; during that period was Director of Morris Motors, Ltd., and various subsidiary companies; was Commercial Director of Wellworthy Piston Rings, Ltd., 1948, also Managing Director of Associated Engineering (Sales), Ltd., and Director of Associated Engineering Holdings, Ltd.; member of Council, S.M.M.T., and for three years was representative on the Road Research Board; Chairman of Standardization Committee, B.S.I., for three years; Member of the Council, M.I.R.A., and Chairman of the Council, 1947-48. Recreations: golf, fishing. Add: Rooke wood, Rookes Lane, Lymington, Hants. T: Lymington 3442.
RUNDLE, Lt.-Col. Edward Hastings Deputy Home Sales Manager, A.C.V. Sales, Ltd., since 1955. b: August 15, 1911, Padstow, Cornwall. Educ: Brighton College and R.A.F. College, Cranwell. Served student apprenticeship with A.E.C., Ltd., 1932-35; A.E.C. technical representative in Madrid, Spain, 1935-37; A.E.C. sales representative, North of England, 1937-39; war service, 1939-45, with R.A.O.C. and later R.E.M.E.; served with 8th Army in Western Desert and later in Sicily and Italy with various R.E.M.E. units; appointed Lieut.-Col. and served as Commander, R.E.M.E., of 50th (Northumbrian) Division and subsequently (April, 1945-February, 1946) as Commander, R.E.M.E., of 53rd (Welsh) Division until demobilization; returned to A.E.C., Ltd., as Area Manager, Ipswich, 1946-49; Divisional Manager, East Midland, 1949-51; on formation of A.C.V. Sales, Ltd., appointed Regional Manager, Central Region, 1951-53; Regional Manager, South Eastern Region, 1953-55. Recreations: golf, fishing. Add: A.C.V. Sales, Ltd., Windmill Lane, Southall, Middx. T: Southall 2424; and 21 Loom Lane, Radlett, Herts. T: Radlett 6210.
RUSSELL, Major-General George Neville, R.E. (Retd.) C.B., C.B.E. Member of the British Transport Commission. Chairman, British Road Services, 1948-59; President, the Institute of Transport, 1958-59. b: October 19, 1899, London. Educ: Rugby School, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and at Cambridge. Director of Movements, G.H.Q., Middle East, 1942-43; D.Q.M.G. (Movements and Transportation), G.H.Q., New Delhi, 1944-45; Transportation Adviser to Special Commissioner in S.E. Asia, 1946-47. Clubs: Army and Navy, Transportation. Add: British Road Services, 222 Marylebone Road, London, N.W.1. T: Padding ton 1161; and 14 South Eaton Place, London, S.W.1. T: Sloane 3374. RUSSELL, Jim Proprietor of motor business known as " Jim Russell." b: May 28, 1920, Downham Market, Norfolk. Educ: Downham Market, Norfolk. Entered the Industry in Downham Market in 1954 trading as Jim Russell; appointed Rootes Group Dealer, 1955, and Vauxhall Dealer, 1956; promoted to main Vauxhall-Bedford Dealer in September, 1957; Second World War, R.A.F., North Africa, Sardinia and Italy; started motor racing with a Formula 3 car in 1952 and won the British Championship in this class for 1955, 1956 and 1957; won the Irish Championship in 1956 and 1957; gained six World Records in a Cooper 1,100 c.c. Sports Car in France, 1955; established a school for Racing Drivers in April, 1957. Recreations: squash, golf, motor racing. Clubs: B.R.D.C., B.R.S.C.C. Add: Jim Russell, London Road, Downham Market, Norfolk. T: Downham Market 3397; and London Road, Downham Market, Norfolk. T: Downham Market 3398.
RUSSELL-SHARP, John Automobile Engineer, retired 1943. b: September 18, 1877, Coventry. Educ: Bablake School. Connected with the Industry since 1895 (or earlier). Joined the Coventry Motor Co. (a branch of the British Motor Syndicate), which produced the M.M.C. Motor Tricycle, the Bollee and other famous early cars; joined John I. Thornycroft and Co., Ltd., Chiswick, and was instrumental in producing the 10-h.p. and 20-h.p. Thornycroft car; joined Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd., remaining with this company until retiring at age of 65; drove in the Emancipation Run from London to Brighton in November, 1896, and in the anniversary re-run in 1956 as the only survivor of the original event. Recreations: interested in Rugby football, ice-skating (figure), sports-car racing. Clubs: R.A.F., B.A.R.C., R.A.C. Add: c/o Caxton House, Westminster, London, S.W.1. T: (private) Selsey 2600.
RUTLEDGE, Robert William Director, Alvis, Ltd., since 1939; Deputy Chairman since 1949. b: August 4, 1891, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland. Educ: Royal School, Dungannon. Partner in Felton and Co., chartered accountants; Director ships: Chairman, J. C. Abbott and Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Stratford-on-Avon Development Co., Ltd.; Director, British Benzol and Coal Distillation, Ltd.; Director, Alvis Mechanisation, Ltd.; Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Recreation: golf. Club: Union Club, Birmingham. Add: Felton and Co., 49 Newhall Street, Birming ham, 3. T: Central 8181; and 91 Westfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 15. T: Edgbaston 0433.
RYAN, Henry Colin A.C.A. Managing Director, Aveling-Barford, Ltd., since 1956. b: September 5, 1912, Glossop, Derbyshire. Educ: St. Joseph's College, Blackpool. Joined Aveling Barford, Ltd., 1939; secretary, 1945; Director, 1949; Managing Director, 1956; is Chairman of Barford (Agricultural), Ltd., and a Director of Goodwin Barsby and Co., Ltd.; Soc. Anonyme Aveling-Bar ford; Aveling-Barford Africa (Pty.), Ltd.; and Fen craft Engineering, Ltd.; Hon. Secretary, the Institute of Directors (Lincolnshire Branch). Recreations: golf and shooting. Clubs: Constitutional, Belton Park Golf and Lindrick Golf Club. Add: Aveling Barford, Ltd., Invicta Works, Grantham. T: Grantham 1091; and Barrowby House, Barrowby, Grantham. T: Grantham 526.
RYLEY, John Director, J. A. Ryley, Ltd.. since 1951. b: May 11, 1919, Solihull. Educ: Oundle School. In 1937 joined R. H. Collier and Co., Ltd., Birmingham, as apprentice in motor repair shop; served throughout Second World War in R.A.S.C. (motor transport units), mostly overseas; grandson of the founder of J. A. Ryley, Ltd.; joined company in 1946; introduced advanced French hydraulic Brake Servicing equipment to this country; married; two sons. Recreations: painting, languages, sailing, dinghy racing and ski-ing. Club: Olton Mere Sailing Club. Add: J. A. Ryley, Ltd., 57-65 New Town Row, Birmingham, 6. T: Aston Cross 4364; and 353 Widney Road, Knowle, Solihull. T: Knowle 2971.
RYLEY, Philip Haynes F.I.M.I. Chairman and Managing Director, J. A. Ryley, Ltd. b: September 24, 1889, Dunoon. Educ: Camp hill Grammar School. Became an apprentice at B.S.A. in 1906; serving a short period with a German factory, Durkopp and Co., Bielefeld, learning the language and commercial background; joined his father, J. A. Ryley in 1911, travelling extensively for the firm until the 1914 war; served as Demands Officer for Vehicle Spares at the Base M.T. Depot, Calais; upon demobilization returned to father's business, served in various capacities, succeeding to the Management on the death of his father in 1931, became proprietor; served during the last war with the Royal Observer Corps. Married; one son, one daughter. Recreations: golf, bridge, snooker, reading. Add: J. A. Ryley, Ltd., 57-65 Newtown Road, Birmingham, 6. T: Aston 4364 (six lines); and The Spinney, St. Bernards Road, Olton. T: Acocks Green 0432.